Like so many you might also be on the verge of moving to your new destination, or maybe you just landed there. During this rollercoaster time full of exitement, farewells, welcomes and settling, it might well be that your own personal wishlist keeps and continues to be the very last on the ‘to – do list’. By your personal wishlist I mean what you would like to create for yourself in this new place.


Part of what keeps your personal wishlist, last on the list is simply because right now you are far to busy getting the basics up & running; I clearly remember even taking a shower almost coudn’t be squished in before pick up time from school, so crazy busy are those days. So obviously no ‘me’ time.


But the other reason why your personal wishlist, remains comfortably last on the list might be because of lack of confidence of finding a new career. By new career I refer to careers in the broadest sense, this can indeed be a job, but also subscribing to the course you always wanted to attend, finally having time to do some voluntary work – because you never had time before – or maybe this new destination is the place to start your own business.

Don’t worry, alike so many things in life, you’re not the only one lacking confidence. In my blog today I want to make a statement about you being skillfully unaware . In other words, you already perfectly have all the skills you need, you just have to tap into transfering them.



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5 Proven Tools helping you to uncover your skills

Feel free, you might want to try them all – just for the fun of it, some are really juicy -or just one or two, pick whatever feels right for you in your personal process.


  1. So if your need and desire for a mobile career has arisen based on the progress of your partners career, according to Mary Farmer from Global TMC – and you have a window of time to in which to make this transition, then consider it a gift. What have you always wanted to learn, but never had the time? What are you curious about in your new location and current stage of your life? What opportunities arise for you when moving to this new part of the world, this new location?


Continuing to learn is key to finding and creating opportunities, for staying engaged with life and taking responsibility for your own growth and personal development. It sets the stage for moving in another more desirable direction.


  1. Mary Farmer’s Mobility skills:

These are specific personality traits which are highly desirable in adapting to working and living abroad. They include:

Empathy: also emotional intelligence

Respect: able to value difference

Interest in local culture

Background: language skills, having lived abroad before

Tolerance ( or perhaps ‘ tolerance for ambiguity’)

Flexibility: do you see the big picture or strictly live by the rules?

Initiative: achievement- oriented and independent

Attitude: open mindedness to being exposed to another culture, race and religion

Sociability: willingness to connect with others

Positive self image: valuing your qualities and experience

Team spirit: being able to work with and fit into a culture of the local team



Skillfully unaware


  1. Skills: things you do that make up the tasks or responsibilities you have performed. Think of practice things like: delegating, managing people, organizing, planning, taking charge of event, but also cooking, painting, computer skills. Think of skills in the broadest sense: things you have developed through work, learning,leisure, life experiences. Most of us take many skills we have for granted, often we use them even without thinking. But if you were to look more closely to all activities you do, you start to actually notice how many skills you have. By becoming consciously aware of all your skills again, you will start to notice how they can support you to explore different ways of combining them to discover work options. All tasks and accomplishments of your experiences are made up of underlying set of skills.




What are your transferable skills?

Some skills are task specific and some are transferable to different settings and situations. The Skills Checklist provides many transferable skills, these are most often the skills we tend to overlook. Sometimes these are called ‘soft skills’ as they are related to attitudes and behaviors. They are harder to teach someone and as a result a person will often be selected for work based on their soft skills. Someone can be taught a ‘task specific’ or ‘technical skill’ if they already posses the soft skills. Alongside awareness of your occupations-specific skills, knowing what your

soft skills are, and being able to present them well, will give you a great advantage

when you are looking for opportunities.


Take the inventory of your Skills Checklist : transferable skills are referred to as employability skills since they are key element in your ability to access work opportunities almost everywhere.


How skilled are you?

  • You will likely be surprised when you do the inventory at how many skills you have. You will be surprised to discover how many skills you take for granted. Use the following as a guideline so you are confident you have honestly represented your skills on the checklist:
  • Have you taken a course or some training, read a book or manual, taught yourself or had someone show you in order to develop a skill?
  • Have you used the skill yourself a number of times after learning how to do it? Through practice you have become comfortable using the skills.
  • Have you developed your own way of doing it based on experience? For example, after trying a recipe a few times you times you have made some adjustments in order to better suit your tastes and style.
  • Have you been asked to show how you do that task? This is the highest level of skill acquisition when someone else recognizes your ability and you are able to teach someone else to do the task. Teaching someone to do a task forces you to become consciously aware again of all the steps and skills needed in order to complete the task well.

If you can use a skill based on any of the criteria above, then you have that skill and you can place the corresponding number in the box of the Skills Checklist.


  1. Learn Your Character Strengths. Live Your Potential.

The VIA Survey of Character Strengths is a simple self-assessment that takes less than 15 minutes and provides a wealth of information to help you understand your core characteristics. Most personality tests focus on negative and neutral traits, but the VIA Survey focuses on your best qualities.

Created under the direction of Dr. Martin Seligman, the “father of Positive Psychology” and author of Authentic Happiness and Flourish, and Dr. Christopher Peterson, distinguished scientist at the University of Michigan and author of A Primer in Positive Psychology, and validated by Robert McGrath, Ph.D.


  1. All different learning styles

We are all different, also we all learn different, so perhaps the first step in learning is to determine what kind of learner you are. Harvard professor Dr. Howard Gardner has identified eight distinct learning styles


Now I have become very curious to learn more about which one felt right for you, please drop me a line!

Fondly,    Henriëtte